My understanding is that Target plans to hand out the tickets for the Lava Vader at 6:30, then open at 8.
This is, word for word, what happened at my Target and what they were supposed to do, so I lucked out. I was 2nd in line, got my ticket at 6:30, went to have coffee/breakfast (by myself too, which there's nothing sadder than some guy sitting alone in a booth at Denny's, but I digress), and then went back at 8... I nabbed my Vader (there was a larger line there now at 20 till 7 to get in for the toys).
People were irate at missing out on Vader. Several said they'd called the day before and were told the tickets were going out at 8, not 6:30... The manager said that was not true, whoever told them, and that their orders were to give the tickets away so people didn't have to wait in line for basically nothing.
I'm sad that they did have to tell people "Don't push, act civil, and have fun". How pathetic of a statement on SW collectors (or whoever it was running into the store) is that?
Another sad thing... When I went to the service desk with others to wait in line, there were a good 10 people saying how they were going to sell theirs... One guy even so bold as to say, "I ought to sell mine right outside, I bet that'd make the most $". What a dick... Because there WERE people upset they didn't get one.
Another sad statement... Target didn't have a huge section of figures really, so I found very few small windows to sneak in and look for figures because people were standing in front of the pegs (broad shouldered as could be), rifling through, dropping stuff off pegs, to find what they wanted... BTW people seem to have it in their head that Royal/Senate guards will be impossible to find so I saw several guys running out of stores today with 6, 7, 8 of them in hand like they're crack feinds who just found a vile on the floor...
Anyway, I snuck in finally, and started looking for what I wanted. I was wanting a Senate Guard myself (Or RG... or both). I figured I'd get a Clone, etc... So I get in, and I found a Clone, a Mace, a Tarful, and Dooku. I figured I'd get these... A little boy (4, maybe 5) and his mother (who was too small/short to fight her way in) were TRYING to get in and get figures. He wanted Chewbacca I heard.
Target had 0 Chewie's, But they had at least 1 Tarful... I gave the little boy the one I'd nabbed and asked if he'd like him instead because I knew Chewbacca was a lost cause for him at this store. His eyes lit up and he went nuts. He loved it. His mom was appreciative and thanked me, which I told her we'd all have a chance at a Tarful in a month so he deserved his now... Yeah, I'm gloating, but it made me feel good today that a little guy was going ape**** over a wookiee figure.
And I was repaid for my good fortune. On the higher pegs there were 2 more Tarful figs and I think that was it of him so I nabbed one.
Left, listened to people chew the manager out over the Vader deal... I was sad at the low numbers of figures Target had as well, there's some that I still wasn't sure if they were even out. Target had a very limited supply and mostly Collection 1 only.
I got my 4 figs and Vader and went to Wal-Mart then...
Got 2 blue Senate Guards there, and an "evil eye" from some guy there who was yelling at what I assume were his parents because he was rifling through the figures again claiming to them in a whiney farmboy Luke voice, "I want the royal guards... There's a blue and a red one, and they're the ones I can sell!"...
Needless to say I didn't offer him my extra one I got. I opened both when I got home too!
Great figure, but ****** gun.
I got a Deluxe Greivous at WM too... Dunno why, but I guess I wanted to see how well his feature works. It's neat actually... I'd like one SA Greivous with a split-open arm feature that you can hide as a 2-arm feature too, but this'll suit me for now.
And since my mother wanted to go to Wal-Mart I drove her up to our nearer one up home, and of course breezed by their selection. They had a couple more Collection 2 Jedi the other one didnt' have so I grabbed Alya, Luminara, and Ki-Adi Mundi.
All great figures too. Fan-frickin'-tastic.
I didn't get, but wanted:
-Red Guard (I swear if you saw the guys RUNNING for a checkout in Target with these, you'd have thought they had the friggin' antidote on them that everyone needed)
-Turbo Tank Commander guy
I don't even know what actually was at stores of that though... Or what other things I maybe would've bought first day that who knows if it was out or not.
Anyway, that was my day that started at Target.
To say I'm ashamed of some people right now is an understatement.